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London Underground and Tube Tour
The Closest Thing to Time Travel!

Travel across 150 years in just two hours aboard our awesome London Underground and Tube Tour.

Starting at London’s first ever underground station and finishing at one of London’s futuristic space-age stations, you’ll hear first-hand the captivating twists and turns of the Tube’s history on this fun, fact-packed two-hour tour.

From learning about the Tube’s origins, construction and design, to catching a glimpse of one of London’s abandoned ‘ghost stations’, this experience is perfect for getting under the skin of the world’s oldest iconic underground system.

Highlights of the Tour

Highlights include:

  • Learning how London’s extensive underground network was constructed over 150 years ago – by hand.
  • The hazards of running steam trains underground – including why staff requested leave to grow beards.
  • How the Underground pioneered the concept of building an epic, money-spinning visual brand – from its iconic tube map to the look of its stations.
  • A rare glimpse of a disused ‘ghost station’ abandoned over fifty years ago.
  • An insight to the superstar architects behind the Underground’s distinctive architecture, including the man who painted London red and why some stations resemble spaceships.
  • Why Big Ben tilts two centimetres to the North West – now that’s got you wondering!

Whether you want to discover more about the Tube’s design and engineering excellence to inform your studies, organise a fun corporate day out, or simply learn more about this great British icon, our entertaining, informative London Tube Tour will change the way you view the Underground forever.

What you need to know

Where is the meeting point?

Paddington Mainline Concourse, by the Bagel Factory

How long will The London Underground and Tube Tour take?

The tour is around two hours long – it starts at historic Paddington Station and finishes at futuristic Westminster station.

The route may change if stations are closed due to improvement work.

When does the tour run?

The tour runs weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and UK Bank Holiday. The London Underground/Tube tour may also be booked as a private tour at a time suitable for you and your party, please send us an email to make an enquiry.

What do I need to take?

As the tour moves in and out of tube stations, you will need a zone 1 Travelcard or an Oyster card with £7 of pay-as-you-go credit. Please note this is not included in the ticket price.

It’s also a good idea to carry a bottle of water, especially on warm days, when travelling on the Tube.

11 reviews for London Underground/Tube Tour

  1. 5 out of 5

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    If you think you’ve seen everything London has to offer, think again. Explore the history of the world’s oldest underground on the London Underground Tour.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    I am so glad I took the Underground Tour – we were exploring London with a knowledgeable friend, not being talked at by a tour guide. We learnt the history and architecture of the oldest metro system in the world and discovered parts of London our guidebooks didn’t mention. I’ll definitely sign up for another tour.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    The Tube Tour was one of the most enjoyable and informative guided walks I have ever taken. Our guide was clear, spontaneous, insightful, and able to improvise or respond to questions or situations. (One member of our small group had enough background information to be a challenge for any pro.) I would highly recommend the walk to anyone interested in the Tube. Thank you for your services.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    We rarely look around us to consider the Underground from different viewpoints: its history, design and fascinating tales. Taking a guided tour of this transport system was truly a different way to travel. We looked closely at details that millions miss every day. A day out that the weather can’t spoil.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    As someone who uses the Tube at lot and has been writing about it for years, I was pleased to see some new things to look out for. A good way for tourists to while away some hours & speak knowledgeably about the Tube when back home. Thanks again for a great tour.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    A London Underground Tour would suit first-time visitors as well as Londoners as there’s so much we don’t normally see. At Piccadilly Circus we found a clock telling the time around the world which I had never seen before, yet had walked past at least 10 times in the last month. A great idea for a rainy or cold London day.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    We really, really enjoyed the tour – our guide was extremely informative and entertaining, and looked after the group very well. I have come away with lots of fascinating trivia regarding the underground and a good overall sense of its history. I will certainly recommend this tour to others and will definitely look at your other tours too.

  8. 5 out of 5

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    You can read all the books about the Tube, but Insider London’s guides are like walking databases – you always learn new facts. A pity that there aren’t more tours like this.

  9. 4 out of 5

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    If you’re visiting London, or if you’re a Londoner, you’ll enjoy this tour. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic and fun to be with.

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Heaps of interesting stories and facts to share about the history, architecture, design and future of the tube network. I urge you to go on a tour yourself.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    I just wanted to say thank you for a great tour. We really enjoyed it and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great day out!

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